Sunday, April 22, 2018

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Paducah, Branson and More

Still hanging out with my Australian quilter friends. After most of the week in Paducah, our tour went on to Branson, MO Sunday. We had to drive through several hours of rain to do it. Tomorrow, we'll hit Fantastic Caverns, a quilt shop...then see the Presley Family Show at night. 

More soon. I'm still running pretty low on sleep and energy. 

Mrs. Barbara Bush, dead at 92. A gracious, intelligent lady.

"Ain't nobody got time for this. For real."  The 911 emergency operator who disconnected THOUSANDS of phone calls...and went to jail for it.

Good dog #1:  Stayed with his 3-year-old mistress all night in the mountains, and kept her safe.

Good dog #2:  Bit a would-be mugger and chased him off.

Animals who simply Don't Care.

A bunch of weird animal stories -- plus an exploding ant. Hey, only quality items from this blog. (From Listverse)

Ken Burns' quilt collection!

Yep, show your class by attacking Barbara Bush after her death. And then brag that you can't be hurt because you have tenure, and can say whatever you want. Shame on this professor.  Maybe she should pay a little attention to this case.

22 products that don't make as much sense as they should. Especially computer accessories!  (From Cracked) Also from them:

12 very funny jokes hiding in the movie credits. You should always stay and watch these...

Best-loved cake for every state of the U.S.  (From Taste of Home)

Have a good week.

One of the great quilts at the Rotary Exhibit in Paducah

Paducah - and the Rotary Exhibit

   Friend and colleague Mary Kerr curated a great exhibit, Southern Splendor, around her new book, Southern Quilts.

    She even did a tour for my Aussie friends. (Thanks, Mary!)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Coffee Wisdom

We're still at Paducah...last day. (sigh)

Headed for Marion, Kentucky's Amish festival this morning -- then back to the show for a last goodbye. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Taste of Paducah

We're having a great time at the American Quilter's Show this week in Paducah, Kentucky.

Today, we spent the morning at Hancock Fabrics. I bought way too much, but got some great deals. 

Lunch at Market Street -- 

Judi and Faye made a new friend
 Then back to the show.

The AQS main entrance

Loved this autumn detail on one of the prizewinners

Mont St. Michel -- Linda Schmidt's version

I take pictures too, when the quilts are this gorgeous!

Topped it all off with insanely good barbecue ribs at The Keg, a little drive away. (Thanks to Gary, our busdriver.)

Tomorrow: the Rotary Club exhibit. Looking forward to it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I'm Still Here...

...though up to my hips in enthustiastic Australians. 

They are really very nice. And I can feel myself starting to say my "a's" flatter!

We're spending the day at the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, KY. If you've never been to this, you'll want to... it's amazing.

Show winners have just been announced -- here's the list. Topped by Pat Holly's Turkish Treasures for Best of Show  - Congratulations, Pat!!

On another note: A Chagall has been recovered, from a theft in 1988. Its owners are long dead, but at least a criminal has finally confessed to taking it. The painting has been hiding in his attic for years in Maryland. Unfortunately, the story also suggests that, in spite of his noble words that he wants to die with 'a clean slate,' he's actually doing it because he couldn't find anyone to buy it over the years.

That's a slightly different angle, huh.

Here's the story. See what you think.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: DONE

Yes, Gentle Readers, the book is finished. I am so glad. 
   (well, finished in the sense that my writing's done. There will be editing and other changes, no doubt. There always are.)

We've finally solved our mousie problem outside, too. No scitterings for a blissful week now.
I leave tomorrow for Nashville, to meet up with 21 enthusiastic Australian quilters. I'll tell you about it as we go.
    But right now, I need some sleep.

Using gutters to add to your greenhouse's growing capacity. I'm flirting with an adaptation of this for the trailer.  (From Hundred Dollars A Month)

15 celebrities who vanished. They're still missing!

35 villains -- and their childhood photos. Most look like any kid...

10 unusual panhandlers. Including one that gives money, instead of taking it.

Feed yourself for $20 a week. (From Delishably) Plus:

This one, on the same subject.  (From Cash-Only Living)

Paul Lynde's best one-liners -- vulgar warning -- but funny.

The biggest coin treasures ever discovered.  (From Cool Weirdo)

Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain -- a look back by his widow, dealing with some of the movie's myths. Fascinating. "I wasn't very nice to her [Debbie Reynolds]. I'm surprised she still speaks to me," he said on one occasion.

How will the California Resale Act affect artist values? Appraisers are going to need to know.

Bigfoot takes on the Air Force!  A wacky but intriguing Colorado story, involving a BIG Bigfoot and a U.S. Air Force helicopter, up in the Rockies. (Start watching it about 3:25, and you'll skip a lot of this country yahoo's musings. He's done by 7:30, but launches into another interesting story after that.)

Ten movie moments prescient of  actors' lives years later.  (From Listverse)

All I can say is:
    Winston Churchill was right.

Have a good week.

Baby Doe - my buddette  (Wikipedia)

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Catty Look At Life

...while I'm finishing up The Book, here's more fun stuff to think about, feline-wise.

One of our kitties would do this -- but only the tail. Ewwww.


I agree about the nap part...

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Paducah, Branson and More

Still hanging out with my Australian quilter friends. After most of the week in Paducah, our tour went on to Branson, MO Sunday. We had to d...